Allegations levied against Nielsen |

Allegations levied against Nielsen

Greg Risling

A notice filed with the county’s Registrar of Voters lists eight allegations against El Dorado County Supervisor J. Mark Nielsen. More than 3,350 signatures from District 3 residents will be needed for a recall election. The eight items allege Nielsen:

1.) admitted to an act the Attorney General ruled violates state law (the Brown Act). Nielsen said publicly he’d “do it again.”

2.) approved costly payoffs totaling $12,000 to the (El Dorado) Chief Administrative Officer and Planning Director after seeking their termination.

3.) spearheaded freezing out Supervisor Sam Bradley on (county) boards and commissions.

4.) voted consistently for big land deals and then took campaign money from corporate land speculators, brokers and investors – total funds more than $108,000, a record amount.

5.) prominently featured the Folsom police chief in his campaign but then failed to excuse himself from voting to make him (county) sheriff.

6.) took advantage of procedural technicalities to prevent a vote on a citizens’ initiative at the next election.

7.) mocked and attacked the (El Dorado) Grand Jury.

8.) refused to adopt a code of ethics as requested by the Grand Jury to guide supervisors’ conduct in office, calling such an idea “totally inappropriate.”

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